Thursday, January 3, 2008
Medical Reports: Cutting Calories
It's the new year, and, like always, many of us are aiming for the diet and exercise resolution. Tonight, Seven's Diana Diaz shows us tips on how to start Cutting Calories.
WSVN -- Ice cream, a juicy steak, hot French fries; we all have foods that tempt us.
Elizabeth: "When I would eat rice, I wanted to eat more."
Even when Elizabeth cut out rice, she couldn't drop the extra pounds.
Elizabeth: "I was eating regular foods, trying diet foods."
Roberto faced a different challenge.
Roberto: "I was getting prepared to participate in a baseball league, so, at my age, being 38 years old, I feel I really need to optimize both my diet and my exercise."
Lisa: "Let's take a look and see how things are going."
Lisa Dorfman says the trick to cutting calories, is portion control.
Lisa: "It's actually one of the first things that people do when they are trying to watch their weight. They watch their portion size. Lite is one of the most stressful things that people can do."
Try imagining what your plate should look like.
Lisa: "A tennis ball is equivalent to about a cup of starch. Most women don't need more than about a cup or two a day."
When it comes to protein:
Lisa: "A stack of playing cards is three ounces of protein. A domino is about an ounce. Add in a portion size of something like cheese or butter."
Also try buying individually packaged products. But beware ...
Lisa: "There is some inconsistency between products, and so it's important to find out what your needs are."
When you're eating, slow down. You won't eat as much.
Lisa: "What I've done is created 'tropstix,' which have been shown to diminish your intake by about 100 to 300 calories per meal."
Another tip is tucking your food into a small pita pocket and measure food with your hand.
Elizabeth: "I measure the amount of meat that I can have with the palm of my hand."
Elizabeth took her nutritionist's advice and is seeing a big difference.
Elizabeth: "I've been doing it for three months. I feel fine with it. So far I've lost 25 pounds."
And this year Roberto plans on maintaining all he's gained.
Lisa: "Excellent, big difference."
Roberto: "As you see the results and you start feeling better you want to continue in that path."
You can also try serving yourself on a smaller plate.
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